UNH Katrina Relief Efforts
Raise Nearly $17,000 For National, Area Charities
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Dec. 2, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – When the call for donations for Hurricane Katrina
victims went out nationwide, students and members of the University
of New Hampshire community mobilized immediately, organizing fundraising
drives and events. That three-month effort has resulted in nearly
$17,000 in donations, which is being given to local and national
In total, $16,785.14 has been raised for the American Red Cross,
New Hampshire West Chapter of the American Red Cross (Keene), and
Salvation Army. Under the organizing theme of “Give a Dollar,
Save a Life,” campaign coordinators had set a fundraising
goal of $15,000, representing approximately $1 donated by each member
of the UNH community.
"I was speechless when Bob Pettigrew, Student Activity Fee
financial consultant, told me we surpassed our goal. I was so happy
to see the UNH community pull together," said junior Lauren
Piscitelle, public relations manager for the Student Senate and
co-chair of the fundraising campaign. "Someone dropped a $500
check in a donation jar the first week we began collecting donations."
Checks written to specific organizations were sent out immediately.
Other organizations and university departments also sent out monetary
donations on their own, but provided their figures to the Student
"We urged student organizations to hold events and set up tables
around campus to collect donations. The money that we raised will
go directly to help out with the horrible situation down South,"
said junior Jill Dvorak, student body vice president and co-chair
of the effort.
Although the “Give a Dollar, Save a Life” campaign was
prompted by the devastation by Hurricane Katrina, the UNH community
also remembered their fellow Granite Staters in the Keene area,
who were hard hit in early October by heavy rains and flooding.
The students are donating $1,650 to the New Hampshire West Chapter
of the American Red Cross.
“It really is because of the efforts of people like the students
in gathering contributions that the work of the Red Cross is possible.
We don’t receive any sort of government funding so all the
contributions come from the American people,” said Karen Fabis,
office manager for the New Hampshire West Chapter of the American
The local chapter responded to the immediate needs of Keene area
residents, helping more than 600 families with shelter, food, clothing
and medications. In addition to opening a shelter in the area, the
West Chapter provided more than 20,000 meals and snacks. In total,
local chapter expenses for the flooding exceeded $210,000. Donations
such as those from UNH sustain the organization’s local disaster
relief efforts, and are particularly important this year because
there have been so many disasters nationwide and worldwide.
For more information about “Give a Dollar, Save a Life,”
contact Lauren Piscitelle, public relations manager, Student Senate,
University of New Hampshire, 603-862-1494 (Student Senate Office),
203.314.1284 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.